The New England Patriots had a disappointing start to the regular season. Head coach Bill Belichick took full responsibility for the outcome of the game. However, Patriots owner Robert Kraft seems to have questions about one particular coaching decision.
Enter Kendrick Bourne. The struggling wide receiver had a key player with the Patriots in 2021. Things took an ugly turn for him and he was benched in the 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Bourne has been having issues throughout the entire offseason. According to Tom E. Curran, Kraft didn’t really support the decision to bench the talented receiver.
“Are we talking about somebody who’s gotten sideways with a particular coach, and Belichick wants to give Matt the latitude to make his own decisions on how he proceeds, or are we talking about a guy who’s an active pain in the ass?” Curran said on WEEI’s Gresh & Keefe. “I don’t know, but we’re looking at a guy whose production, and the fact that he was in mothballs on Sunday, certainly caught the eyes of the owner, from what I understand. And I’d be surprised if he stays down for much longer.”
Patriots owner to affect the coaching decision?
It all started when Bourne was late for a team meeting in the preseason. The receiver wasn’t too happy with the new changes at the offense. Yes, there’s so much going on. Bourne saw two snaps in the game against the Dolphins, but did deliver a 41-yarder from quarterback Mac Jones. One thing stands for sure. Bourne is a key contributor and he can help the team win.
Bourne has received a lot of support from his current and former teammates. Jaquiski Tartt even tweeted “Free Kendrick Bourne.” The Patriots receiver liked the tweet.
Kraft’s thoughts on this benching have sure added fuel to the fire.
Let’s see what happens in Week 2. The Patriots are playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Will Bourne see more snaps?
The Patriots need Bourne’s skills and experience. They wouldn’t keep him at the sideline at this point. It’s all about team effort and winning games. Players have to join forces and start winning games.